Stand Firm Poster
Making Righteous Choices Elder Paul Johnson
"May You Have Courage" President Monson
Guardians of Virtue Sister Cannon (Paragraph 15)
Guardians of Virtue Song/Video
Peer Pressure Article
There is a delicious trend going on in our area called "Waffle Love." A Waffle Truck travels around to different areas selling fabulous waffles with amazing toppings (nutella, whip cream, chocolate, strawberries, bananas, etc). They have a huge following and I decided to use a little "Waffle Love" in a YW activity playing off the idiom "Don't Waffle." If you aren't familiar with that idiom to "waffle" means to be indecisive or wishy-washy. I thought about the lesson last month about making righteous choices and the advice Sister Elaine Cannon gave to make those tough decisions now. I thought this was a great base for a fun and important lesson.
The For The Strength of Youth pamphlet outlines 19 areas where the Youth can make righteous decisions. I took those topics and came up with some "scenarios" similar to ones I've used in some lessons in the past. I think the scenarios are helpful because sometimes its easy for us to give the "right" answer to questions in church but when it is actually put into an experience in our everyday life it becomes a bit more "real." There are 21 scenarios. Feel free to download them and use any or all of them or create your own.
How I envisioned this activity is the girls would start by making their waffle creation at the waffle bar and then take a seat to eat their masterpiece. This could be up to a long table, on the floor, seated in chairs in a circle, etc. Then while the girls eat they can participate in a discussion about righteous decisions. The scenarios would be printed out, cut into individual strips and folded. The girls would come forward and pick a strip out of a container. They would read the scenario and then everyone could discuss possible solutions. The hope is that through the group discussion the girls will decided now how they would react in a similar situation. As leaders we would want to finish each scenario with a statement regarding the decision that could be made now. For example...A Scenario on modesty...We could conclude by saying "We need to decide now that we will dress modestly no matter what! Whether its a dance, a party, a vacation etc."